April’s weather stresses importance of programs

​​​​​​​​​Early this spring, Ontario saw a range of weather, from ice storms to nearly 30-degree temperatures, within a couple of weeks of each other. Cool temperatures, rain, snow, ice and strong winds caused planting delays and put fruit trees and fall-seeded crops at risk.

Fortunately, some warm sunny days allowed many producers to get crops in the ground, and reports of damage were low. Industry reports show about 75 per cent of corn was planted by May 17.

Volatile weather like this can have a much bigger impact once crops are in the ground.

When faced with unstable weather, knowing how program coverage can help is important. That's why Agricorp is committed to keeping producers up-to-date with the "2018 crop season" news series, available from the homepage of To read other stories in the series, see the "Related stories" section below.

Weather risks throughout t​​he season

Production Insurance has built-in benefits to help producers right from planting time. The unseeded acreage benefit and reseeding benefit can help producers who are unable to plant or have to replant their crop(s). For more information, see the Unseeded Acreage and Reseeding Benefits feature sheet or contact Agricorp.

With most of the growing season ahead, there is a lot of weather producers will be faced with. Different programs cover different situations to help manage risks.

AgriStability – covers large margin declines caused by adverse market conditions, production losses or increased production costs.

Production Insurance – covers yield reductions and production losses caused by adverse weather, disease, wildlife and insect infestation.

Risk Management Program – covers losses caused by fluctuating commodity prices and production costs.

Throughout the growing season, producers should keep in touch with Agricorp. The sooner producers discuss potential damage to their crops with Agricorp, the sooner they can review their options and get started on the next steps.

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